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If you are a crop science or agriculture undergraduate read this!

ASSET (Agricultural Science Student Education Training) is an innovative training and award scheme aimed at encouraging more students into the plant science sector.


2013 winners: Laura Bishop, Harper Adams University; Charles Garrard, Newcastle University, Lauren Hladun, University of Nottingham; and Tom Pope, University of Reading

2012 winners: Greg Colebrook, Newcastle University; Scott Hayles, Harper Adams University; Tom Blanchard, University of Reading; and Stephanie Abbott, University of Nottingham.

2011 winners: Ben Burrows, Harper Adams University College; Michael Neaverson, University of Nottingham; Alex Turner, University of Reading; and Henry Ward, University of Newcastle

2010 winners: Robert Barker, Newcastle University; William Watts, HAUC; Jack Norris, University of Nottingham; and Chris Phillips, University of Reading.

ASSET provides valuable agronomic information and leads, as well as important networking links with industry, for undergraduate students studying agronomy and crop science modules, and their tutors, at:

Funded and run by NIAB it is generously supported by The NIAB Trust and The Morley Agricultural Foundation charities and aims to:

  • Support one outstanding final year student, at each partner university, to the sum of £3,000;
  • Promote career opportunities in the arable sector, crop sciences arena and at NIAB;
  • Present the work carried out by NIAB; and
  • Maintain communications with key individuals teaching agronomic science in the UK.

The NIAB TAG ASSET programme aims to inspire students to better understand how they might aim to make a difference to the UK agricultural industry in their future careers. We specifically want to encourage the best undergraduates into careers that will support applied research and knowledge transfer for the future benefit of the arable sector.” Dr Tina Barsby, NIAB CEO and Director


To find out more about the ASSET programme click here, email, phone Julie Phillips on 01953 713200 or contact one of the partner universities directly: